Help For Substance Abuse

There is support and help if you are struggling with substance abuse issues. PHC is committed to supporting employees who disclose that they are having a problem with alcohol or drug abuse. Full and part-time employees have access to full services and supports through the Occupational Health Advisor (OHA) for your work area. Throughout the assessment, treatment, return to work and relapse prevention phase, your OHA will work with you, your union and treatment provider to support your recovery and safe return to work.

Services for casual employees will be determined on a case by case basis however the OHA for your work area can assist in providing you with resources for assessment and a list of treatment facilities. Your OHA will work with you and your union to support your safe return to work. 

The following are the most common behaviors that mean a person is having a problem with drug or alcohol abuse. But each person may have slightly different symptoms.*

Symptoms of drug abuse or dependence may include:

  • Using or drinking larger amounts or over longer periods of time than planned.
  • Continually wanting or unsuccessfully trying to cut down or control use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Craving or a strong desire to use drugs or alcohol.
  • Ongoing drug or alcohol use that interferes with work, school, or home duties.
  • Using drugs or alcohol even with continued relationship problems caused by use.
  • Giving up or reducing activities because of drug or alcohol use
  • Taking risks, such as sexual risks or driving under the influence.
  • Continually using drugs or alcohol even though it is causing or adding to physical or psychological problems.
  • Developing tolerance or the need to use more drugs or alcohol to get the same effect. Or using the same amount of drugs or alcohol, but without the same effect.
  • Having withdrawal symptoms if not using drugs or alcohol. Or using alcohol or another drug to avoid such symptoms. 

The symptoms of drug or alcohol abuse may resemble other medical problems or psychiatric conditions. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

*Retrieved from web Johns Hopkins medicine, Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency, August 19, 2016

Last updated Tue, Dec 8, 2020